A couple of years ago, I shared my thoughts about best ways to learn WordPress. Using online articles, videos, and screenshots is still my preferred way of learning! And a couple of months ago, I found a very nice article for WordPress beginners which provides answers to 28 most frequently asked questions by folks starting to swim in the WordPress waters.
WordPress Hooks Tutorial
Some time ago, I read quite an interesting article at WordPress Tavern and I found out that the preferred method to learn WordPress is by using online text and screenshots. To be honest, that is my method too and it is probably yours (if it’s not, try it, you may like it) 🙂
For that reason, I wanted to share some really great resources for learning WordPress. A bunch of people really invested a lot of time so that the others can save it. Apart from the WordPress Codex, these are some awesome tutorials that I highly suggest checking, no matter which level of WordPress knowledge you believe you already acquired!
I chose to write about my WordPress experience at WordPress.com even though I already have my personal website at www. davoraltman .com hosted by GoDaddy. Let me first explain the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
WordPress.com allows you to setup your own blog in a matter of seconds without having to find a suitable hosting provider or buy a domain name. You don’t need to install anything nor have any knowledge about cPanel, FTP, MySQL or anything web related. With just a few clicks, you’ve got your own place on the web so that you can write about anything you wish. WordPress.com does offer lots of premium features, but what an average blogger needs can always be used for free. Thanks, WordPress!
How I Started Using WordPress
Several years ago, my knowledge of the web consisted of some pretty basic stuff – I had an email, Facebook account and I knew how to Google an information that I needed. Below basic stuff actually 🙂 I used my computer mainly for playing games, browsing the web was a roughly 5% of my time spent in front of the computer.
And then, all of a sudden, I had a desire to create a website, so I started learning some basic HTML and CSS. Add a bit of a PHP and I made my first CMS. I learned everything by myself, thanks to the time we live in, anything you need can be found on the web. I also signed up for a class for Joomla! and WordPress administrator.
Taking this class introduced me to some powerful tools that already existed and which I can use in order to expand my knowledge. Although Joomla! was the focus of the lectures and WordPress was only covered in 1 hour (1 hour!), I fell in love with WordPress and I wanted to know everything about it.
So, I started by using WAMP combined with WordPress and I’ve built my first WordPress website in a local environment. Even though it wasn’t much of an achievement, I was amazed by the endless possibilities that WordPress offered. I browsed the forums, educational blogs I found on the web and I also asked my friend, who was already a part of the ManageWP team, to show me some WordPress tips and tricks.
In two months, I’ve already learned so much but I was aware that it was, but a drop in the ocean compared to how much knowledge I had yet to acquire. At the same time, there was a job opening 🙂
Edit (2019): The full (and expended) story ended up being a presentation at WordCamp Belgrade!